We ended up staying at The Cottage Plantation in St. Francisville after visiting The Myrtles. Listed under the National Register of Historic Places, the antebellum house sits on 400-acre of land, with an old school house, outside kitchen, a milk house, smoke house to cure meat, carriage house, barn, slave cabins, greenhouses, utility room, china room, commissary, and cemetery. The plantation is located on a land secured by John Allen and Patrick Holland by a Spanish land grant in 1795, and then acquired by Judge Thomas Butler in 1810. Low, rambling, with a long front gallery, the main house is composed of a series of buildings joined together from 1795 to 1859 from the Spanish colonial era. The Cottage is like no other plantation in St. Francisville because it has practically all of the original outbuildings or dependencies remaining in good condition, and is furnished with much of the original furniture, constituting a complete working plantation just as it was in the early 1800s.
When we arrived to the outside entrance of the plantation, we drove a mile before arriving to the house. Crossing an old wooden, automobile bridge over a dry creek, we heard the wood clapping as we drove forward, hoping it wouldn’t collapse on us.
For some reason all of the plantations in St. Francisville were booked, but The Cottage had a couple of rooms left. And the room we chose happened to be where Andrew Jackson stayed in after the battle of New Orleans. It was the perfect place to stay as it was remote, quiet and full of history. The house is so old and it felt fragile as we walked around, the floorboards shifting and the house creaking and moaning with the thunderstorm that night.
The next day we toured the plantation, realizing how vast the property is.
The plantation stayed with the Butler Family until 1951 when it was purchased by the Browns. It still belongs to the Browns today, as Harvey and Mary Brown reside in the house, running the plantation as a Bed and Breakfast.
Staying at The Cottage was a great experience of history. We sure felt it being inside the house, touring it. The property isn’t restored and made ‘pretty’ like other plantations. What we saw from The Cottage is all from the past. To be able to touch and observe it was pretty cool.